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Coin: Penny 1956
Description

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Pound
Face value1 (x Penny) TypePenny
Year1956 CurrentNo (demonetised 1967)
Mintage3,600,000 (3.6 million) RarityC (Common)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 3,600,000 (3.6 million), Rarity: C (Common)
MaterialBronze DesignerLeonard Cornwall Mitchell
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)30.8600 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)9.4498
Obverse

Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II right (effigy known as the "First Portrait"); around, the monarch's legend QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +; the artist's initials MG (for Mary Gillick) are incuse on the neck truncation.

Obverse inscription QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Reverse

A tui (bird) perched facing left in a setting of yellow kowhai blossoms; around, NEW ZEALAND ONE PENNY 1956.

Reverse inscriptionNEW ZEALAND ONE PENNY 1956
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Renniks New Zealand Coinage Guide 1966:

"The obverse master die was re-designed with shoulder strap, but a few varieties of 1956 pennies are to be found without re-designed strap."

These are estimated to be around 50,000.

Penny 1956: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
No shoulder strap 50,000 (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Proof unknown
Penny 1956: Photos
Penny 1956: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, New Zealand, 1956
Coin - 1 Penny, New Zealand, 1956
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Penny 1956: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, New Zealand, 1956
Coin - 1 Penny, New Zealand, 1956
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Normal (with shoulder strap).
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Penny 1956: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, New Zealand, 1956
Coin - 1 Penny, New Zealand, 1956
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Without shoulder strap.
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Penny 1956: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 24.2 (regular specimens)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 24.1 (No shoulder strap variety)
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide40
Australian Coin ChartNP17 (regular), NP17a (No shoulder strap variety)
Penny 1956: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 Mint
Reserve Bank of New Zealand 15 Oct 2014 Mintage link Circulation mintage
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 Mintage
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 Varieties No shoulder strap; Proof
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties No shoulder strap; Proof
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 - Valuations
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Valuations
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Penny 1956 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: NZD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade201620172018
Royal MintBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 39.77 39.38 38.98
Royal MintUncirculated (UNC) 20.00 16.86 13.72
Royal MintAlmost Uncirculated (aUNC) 19.47 19.09 18.71
Royal MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 7.79 7.63 7.48
Royal MintFine (F) 2.21 2.30 2.39
Royal MintNo shoulder strapBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 2174.89 2147.72 2120.55
Royal MintNo shoulder strapUncirculated (UNC) 1500.00 1377.40 1254.80
Royal MintNo shoulder strapAlmost Uncirculated (aUNC) 1476.81 1455.60 1434.40
Royal MintNo shoulder strapExtra Fine (EF, XF) 439.63 399.14 358.66
Royal MintNo shoulder strapFine (F) 58.40 57.26 56.12
Penny 1956 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade201620172018
Royal MintBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 15.03 14.49 13.95
Royal MintUncirculated (UNC) 7.52 7.25 6.98
Royal MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 2.60 2.41 2.22
Royal MintVery Fine (VF) 0.26 0.24 0.22
Royal MintFine (F) 0.21 0.22 0.22
Royal MintNo shoulder strapBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1063.55 1039.24 1014.93
Royal MintNo shoulder strapUncirculated (UNC) 670.58 652.44 634.30
Royal MintNo shoulder strapExtra Fine (EF, XF) 335.29 326.22 317.15
Royal MintNo shoulder strapVery Fine (VF) 38.22 34.95 31.69
Royal MintNo shoulder strapFine (F) 21.99 20.51 19.02
Royal MintProofProof 193.51 193.52 193.52
Historic values in NZD for Penny 1956 / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in NZD for Penny 1956 / No shoulder strap / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Penny 1956 / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Penny 1956 / No shoulder strap / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Penny 1956 / Proof / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Penny 1956: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
Coins New Zealand > NZ Pre Decimal coins (1933 to 1965) > Penny > 1956
Penny 1956: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 1 Penny, New Zealand, 1956 Museums Victoria: Coin - 1 Penny, New Zealand, 1956 (without shoulder strap)
New Zealand 1956 penny - CoinFactsWiki
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